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Arizona reports 124 new coronavirus cases, 5 additional deaths

PHOENIX – The Arizona health department reported 124 new cases of coronavirus and five additional deaths on Wednesday morning, a day after the state’s “stay at home” order went into effect.

The state totals are now 1,413 cases and 29 fatalities. The daily increase was slightly lower than the previous day, when 132 new cases were reported.

State and private labs have given a total of 21,058 tests for COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. About 6% of the tests have come back positive.

The Arizona Department of Health Services has been providing daily case and testing updates on its website each morning.

The totals were 1,289 positive tests and 24 deaths in Tuesday morning’s report, with 19,371 tests having been given.

The number of cases in Maricopa County, the state’s most-populous and hardest-hit county, increased by 88 to 871 on Wednesday. That was a smaller increase than in Tuesday morning’s report, when metro Phoenix saw a jump of 98.

The Phoenix-area death toll went up by three, to 11, for the second consecutive day.

In Maricopa County, 158 COVID-19 patients have needed hospitalization, half of whom are ages 65 or older. That high-risk age group accounts for 23% of the county’s case total.

A study by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington projects that the coronavirus outbreak will peak in Arizona on April 26 with 5,000 patients hospitalized and 55 deaths that day. The numbers are expected to decline after that, assuming strong social distancing and other protective measures remain in place.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy, Stay Connected” executive order to combat the spread of COVID-19 went into effect Tuesday at 5 p.m. and is active until at least the end of April.

Nationally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 3,603 deaths from more than 186,000 COVID-19 cases as of Wednesday’s daily report.

According to data compiled and regularly updated by Johns Hopkins University, there were more than 926,000 cases and 46,000 deaths globally as of Wednesday afternoon.

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